December Grants Announced

This month, the foundation will award the following grants:

  • A grant to 7 Stages, of Atlanta, Ga., to support the production of fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, by Sarah Gubbins. The play will premiere at 7 Stages in spring 2015.
  • A grant to Desert Rose Playhouse, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., supporting the work the company does in bringing LGBT theater to the Coachella Valley.
  • A grant to Evolution Theatre Company, of Columbus, Ohio, in recognition of its important work in the Columbus community.

Congratulations to the recipients.

2014 Playwriting Competition Winners Chosen

The officers and advisory board of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s playwriting competition:

The first prize of $3,000 goes to Jen Silverman, for her play The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane, a drama set in London and South Africa. Against the backdrop of the 2010 World Cup competition, held in South Africa, the play follows a young South African woman’s search for her former lover, a lesbian activist who established a safe house in Soweto for victims of “corrective rape.” The judges’ decision to award first prize to this beautiful, emotionally wrenching work was unanimous—a first in the history of the foundation’s literary competitions.

For the second prize, there was a tie between Susan Miller, for her play Average American, and Robert Matson, for his play Mr. and Mister. Centering on two television writers, Miller’s Average American goes behind the scenes during the development of American TV’s first-ever program focusing on the lives of lesbian women. Matson’s Mr. and Mister, set on the Great Plains in the late 1860s, is a gay Western recounting the deepening love between two highly unlikely romantic partners—a rancher and the teacher he hires to educate his orphaned nieces and nephews. Both writers will receive the full $1,500 award.

Three honorable mention awards of $500 each go to Hal Corley, for Married North, a family/social drama set in the Washington, D.C., suburbs during the federal government’s antigay witch hunts of the 1950s; to Hansol Jung, for Cardboard Piano, which records antigay violence in an African village and its aftereffects on both victim and perpetrator; and to A. Rey Pamatmat, for Pure, an inventive theatrical work exploring the life and thought of British mathematician Alan Turing.

Runners-up include Elizabeth Archer’s V+R Forever, Allan Baker’s Eskandar, Ted Bacino and Rufus Cadigan’s The Shakespeare Conspiracy, Dave Florez’s Kick It, Bridgette Dutta Portman’s Caenis and Poseidon, and James Rosenfield’s Michelangelo and Tommaso. The twelve finalists (winners and runners-up) were selected from 254 competition entries—the largest number of submissions the competition has ever received.

We sincerely thank all who participated, and we extend great congratulations to the winners and other finalists. Guidelines for the 2015 playwriting competition will be posted on this website in January.

AABBF to Sponsor Lambda Literary Playwriting Workshop

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is about to enter a multi-year partnership with the Lambda Literary Foundation. Through a series of grants over the next four years, AABBF will underwrite a playwriting workshop at Lambda’s annual Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, held every June in Los Angeles. For information on applying for the retreat, go to Lambda Literary’s website.

New Production Grants Announced

The foundation is very pleased to announce the following grants:

  • A grant to Anam Cara Theatre Company of Enka, N.C., to support the production, this month, of two short plays by Trish Cole: woman: revised and Butterfly.
  • A grant to American Lyric Theater, New York City, to support a developmental workshop and public concert of a new opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, by Justine F. Chen (composer) and David Simpatico (librettist), scheduled for March 2015.
  • A grant to the Third Street Theatre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in recognition of its important work in the Calgary community.

Congratulations to the recipients.

AABBF Awards Three New Grants

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce the following grants:

  • An award to the Fund for the City of New York, to be used as seed money for’s “United States of AIDS” project, an online oral-history project documenting the activism of the direct-action organization ACT-UP during the height of the AIDS crisis. The site will launch in the spring of 2015.
  • A grant to Amas Musical Theatre, New York City, to help support a production of the musical A Taste of Chocolate, by Timothy Ware and Alvin Hough. Dates and location will be announced later this month.
  • A grant to Theatre Askew, New York City, to help underwrite production expenses for Horseplay, or, The Fickle Mistress: A Protean Picaresque, by Trav S.D., to be performed at the Ellen Stewart Theater at LaMama in February 2015.

MacDowell Colony Establishes Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowships

With the financial support of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, the MacDowell Colony is establishing the Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowships, which will help offset the cost of residency at this renowned artists’ colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Over the next four years, four such fellowships will be awarded to MacDowell residents working on LGBT-themed performing-arts projects based on or inspired by history. Candidates for the fellowships will be selected annually from artists who have successfully completed the standard MacDowell application process.

Watch this page over the coming months for more information on the fellowship program.

Important Notice

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If you have sent a package or letter to us and it has been returned to you marked “unclaimed,” please contact us here.

Four New Production Grants Awarded

The foundation is pleased to announce the following awards. Congratulations to the recipients.

  • A grant to Redhouse Arts Center of Syracuse, N.Y., to help support its productions of the musical A Man of No Importance (music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally) and the play Gross Indecency: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, by Moisés Kaufman. Both will be performed during the center’s “Redhouse Gone Wilde” festival, scheduled for January 21–February 7, 2015.
  • A grant to Pride Films & Plays of Chicago, Ill., to help support its production of Some Men, by Terrence McNally. Performances are slated to run from August 14 to September 14, 2014, at the Rivendell Theater on Chicago’s north side.
  • A grant to Celebration Theatre of West Hollywood, Calif., to underwrite its summer play-reading series, “50 Years of Queer Theatre,” in late July and early August. The series will feature staged readings of T-Shirts, by Robert Patrick; Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, by Jane Chambers; Jeffrey, by Paul Rudnick; and While I Yet Live, by Billy Porter. In addition, Celebration Theatre will present an award for “theatre excellence and sustainability” to playwright Robert Patrick.
  • A grant to Fractured Atlas, of New York, N.Y., to help support the production of Love at Home, by Mary Matoula Webb, at the New York International Fringe Festival and the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Playwriting Competition—Submission Period Has Ended

The deadline for submissions to the foundation’s 2014 playwriting competition has passed. Electronic submissions will no longer be accepted. Mailed submissions will be accepted only if postmarked on or before June 30, 2014. Decisions on prizewinners will be made and announced in November. Thanks to all who have participated.